Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Teacher Opportunities

The hot Zone Screening

OSTA members and followers are invited to screen The Hot Zone for free by downloading passes here. Screening will take place May 20 at 7pm at the Regal Lloyd Center in Portland.

THE HOT ZONE, starring Golden Globe and Emmy award winner Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax, is based on the eponymous international best-seller by Richard Preston. It is inspired by a true story about the origins of Ebola, a highly infectious and deadly virus from the central African rainforest and its arrival on US soil in 1989. When this killer suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army scientist (Dr. Nancy Jaax) working with a secret military specialized team put her life on the line to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YxNYnHTxAg

Diving into the Instructional Shifts for Student Success with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Oregon’s Science standards and assessments are based on the NGSS. This workshop will help high school educators understand the framework, standards, and how to use them in their classrooms. They will live the “student experience” of an applied three-dimensional (3D) science lesson plan including evidence, reflection, and assessments. A continental breakfast will be served. FREE. Substitute reimbursement is available for educators. June 4, 8:30am-12:30pmClick here to learn more and register.

Patterns Physics for the Next Generation: Mid-Valley

This workshop focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of Physics with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the NGSS. Educators experience the patterns approach by using inquiry experiments and applying them to engineering design. Also, they will learn how to reinforce mathematical linear, quadratic, and inverse concepts. Open source curriculum link: https://sites.google.com/site/patternsapproachphysics/

Includes an industry field trip, continental breakfast, and lunch. FREE. Limited enrollment. (Substitute reimbursement and a $500 stipend are available for educators.) June 4, 1-4pm. Click here to learn more and register.

cycle the well field

Bring your bike and your friends for a FREE tour of Portland’s Columbia South Shore Well Field! Experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain. Learn about how groundwater provides flexibility and reliability to the City’s water supply and explain how we can all protect this important resource. Helmets required; light refreshments provided; recommended for ages 12+. Meet at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station (9920 NE Cascades Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220). June 1, 8:30am-1:30pm. Pre-registration required: https://www.eleoonline.net/Pages/WebForms/Mobile/ShowFormMobile.aspx?id=8ad8942b-6898-40b7-990f-ce7685bbd7da&linkto=325

Patterns Biology for the Next Generation: Mid-Valley

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Open source curriculum link: https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/biology11 Instructor: Caitlin Everett. Includes a daily continental breakfast, lunch, and a stipend for educators. FREE. Limited enrollment and subject to first come, first serve. June 19-26, 8:30am-3:30pm. Click here to learn more and register.

ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning in the Pacific Northwest Education Symposium

Within a few seconds after an earthquake begins, the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System locates and characterizes the earthquake, calculates the likely intensity of ground shaking that will result, and through partner agencies delivers alerts to people and infrastructure before shaking arrives.

What does this technology mean for Oregon schools?

Join us to explore how educational institutions in Oregon can use ShakeAlert to protect students, teachers, faculty, and staff, and how to integrate ShakeAlert education into classrooms. Be a part of the conversation.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration, Coffee, and Networking to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Who should attend?

  • Educators (especially Earth Science instructors), STEM educators, science department chairs, and/or those who serve as leaders in science education programs.
  • Administrators from educational environments who will have a role in the implementation of the ShakeAlert System.
  • Facilities/ building managers and Safety Officers from pre-K-12 schools, colleges, universities, child care centers, and museums and other educational institutions.
  • Champions interested in learning about the system to help encourage their districts to adopt this technology.

Lunch and coffee will be provided - This is a free event. Please RSVP by filling out this form

Questions? Contact Althea Rizzo, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, at

Althea.Rizzo@state.or.us

K-12 teachers attending the full-day symposium will be awarded 8 professional development units from the STEM Education and Outreach Center at the University of Portland.

Patterns physics for the next generation: Lane ESD

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of physics with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear, quadratic, and inverse will be reinforced. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Free for Lane ESD teachers, $150/day for teachers from other areas. Dates: June 25, 26, 27 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Click here to learn more and register.

patterns biology for the next generation: Lane ESD

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Students will use technology to collect and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Free for Lane ESD teachers, $150/day for teachers from other areas. Dates: July 30, 31, August 1 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Click here to learn more and register.

DIACK JGEMS FIELD-BASED SCIENCE INQUIRY COURSE

This three day workshop will provide hands-on opportunities in the field as well as classroom time to develop curriculum tools and strategies that promote student-driven field-based science inquiry projects from kindergarten through high school. Attending teachers can also apply for a $2,000 grant ($6000 if you work collaboratively with at least two other teachers) for classroom equipment and resources for field-based inquiry investigations from the Diack Ecology Education Program. This training is sponsored by the Diack Ecology Education Program of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS), a public charter school in Salem, Oregon, focusing on field-based environmental science. Workshop dates are August 13-15 at Opal Creek Forest Center. Click here to view flyer and register!

FREE Online Courses

osta webcast: Claim, Evidence, Reasoning

This webinar is a continuation of our previous session, Tools to Next Gen-ify Your Instruction (previous attendance not required). Together, we will dive in to Claim, Evidence, Reasoning statements to support students to speak and write like scientists. Berkeley and Susan will cover the importance of starting with a phenomenon, and what CER statements can look like with examples of student work. They will also provide tools you can use right away to scaffold CER statements with your students! May 22nd, 4:45pm. Click here to register.


PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS IN THE NGSS CLASSROOM: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.

DEVELOPING INSTRUCTIONALLY-EMBEDDED PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS FOR THE NGSS CLASSROOM

The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project guides collaborative groups of participants through SNAP's process of developing multidimensional performance assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn about the design of NGSS performance assessments by examining a sample classroom assessment, and they will learn to use SNAP's tools for planning, designing, and evaluating high-quality performance assessments. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses

Soil: A Natural and Societal Resource

This online course serves degree- and non-degree-seeking graduate learners who want knowledge about soils and soil science but have limited academic or work experience in general science topics. Understanding soil physical, chemical, and biological properties a) promotes informed soil use and management and b) supports individual to global societal values. Course runs from June 24-September 6, and is worth 3 term credits. No pre-requisites other than a four-year degree. To learn more and register, view course flyer.

MS/HS TEACHER CODE.ORG SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Are you looking to learn Code.org's CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) or CS Principles (grades 9-12) curricula? George Fox University, Code.org's Oregon regional partner, will be putting on week-long professional development workshops July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019. Applications are now open, Apply Now.


Pogil 2019 3-Day Summer Workshops

Where: Lewis & Clark College

When: July 30-August 1

Registration open now!

Summer workshops are designed for both those who are new to POGIL and those who have previously attended a POGIL workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, those who are new to POGIL will attend a Fundamentals of POGIL session while those participants who have previously attended a POGIL workshop will attend two sessions of universal application. The start of the second day will expose all participants to POGIL activity structure and facilitation in a POGIL classroom. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will follow a series of sessions focused on their chosen area of interest - Activity Writing, Classroom Facilitation or Implementing POGIL in the Lab. Visit this page for more information on each of the tracks. If you're still not sure which track is right for you, contact Marcy Dubroff at marcy.dubroff@pogil.org.

Scholarship Opportunity: A limited number of scholarships are available to rural high school STEM teachers from the States of Washington and Idaho and Oregon. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on meeting eligibility criteria and demonstrating a commitment to student-centered learning. For details on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, please click on the following link: Scholarship Application

SUMMER AG IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

A project of the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education, the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers earn three graduate credits and the enrollment cost is a mere $600, which includes accommodations, classroom resources and food. Registration is open now! Workshops take place in Corvallis and La Grande. Click here to register and learn more.


intermediate level rov workshop

Dates: August 5-9, 2019

Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE TriggerFish ROV and the art of accomplishing both bi-directional motor speed control using the Sabertooth motor controller.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Engineering Design
  • ROV Missions and Project Management
  • Classroom Management of Engineering Projects
  • Building Frames out materials other than PVC
  • Electronics and ROV Control Systems
  • Buoyancy and Ballasts
  • Cameras, Tools and Sensors
  • Running a competition at your school & participating in the MATE ROV Competition

To learn more and apply, view the flyer.

ap institute of the cascades: bend

Where: OSU Cascades

When: August 6-9

The AP® Institute of the Cascades prides itself not only in providing an excellent learning environment for educators seeking AP training – but also by providing a cultural and recreational experience for participants to connect with peers from across the country and explore the best of what sun-filled Central Oregon has to offer. Click here to register and learn more.


ngss for middle school teachers

Where: Catlin Gabel School

When: August 12-15

This 4 day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom and to learn about the instructional shifts that are needed for the implementation of NGSS. Teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth, life and physical sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.

Teachers will actively conduct investigations and design engineering solutions to problems in science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using. NGSS 3-D assessment, student discourse, and anchoring phenomena that drive instruction will be featured. Many resources will be provided as well as ready to use lessons. 32 Professional Development Units will be provided for completing this set of workshops. Click here to learn more and register. Click here for flyer.

ap institute of the cascades: eugene

Where: OSU

When: August 13-16

Welcome to the University of Oregon AP® Summer Institute! This is our first year serving Pacific Northwest and Northern California schools by providing College Board® endorsed summer institutes in Eugene, Oregon – on the campus of the University of Oregon – home of the Ducks. Our presenters are trained and endorsed by the College Board. Click here to register and learn more.


Student/Classroom Opportunities

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY OUTSTANDING CHEMISTRY STUDENT AWARDS

The Portland Section of the American Chemical Society (Portland Section ACS) provides this form [http://bit.ly/acs-hs-certs] to assist teachers in recognizing outstanding chemistry students. The Portland Section prepares a certificate for each student named on the form and will mail (or email, your choice) the certificates to you for presentation to students during an award ceremony. This year there are TWO OPTIONS for delivery of certificates: 1. USPS mail; and 2. EMAIL. Providing an EMAIL OPTION saves ACS Portland mailing cost and delivers the certificates to you more quickly. Please provide your information in the form below ESPECIALLY NOTING DELIVERY OPTION. Deadline for nominations is May 17, 2019. Contact Martha Diblee with any questions.


Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.

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